NUS Computing - News NUS Computing, School of Computing, National University of Singapore, NUS, Singapore Universities /about/depts/cs/news 2018-02-23T11:00:15+08:00 NUS comlimsi@nus.edu.sg Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Assistant Professor Yair Zick: Ethics in Artificial Intelligence 2018-02-20T10:00:00+08:00 2018-02-20T10:00:00+08:00 /?id=2344:2018-yair comwsyc <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">20 February 2018 - <span style="color: #333333;"><em>With the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and major tech companies facing ethical dilemmas, NUS Computing <a href="http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~zick/"><span style="color: #333333;">Assistant Professor Yair Zick</span></a> shares his thoughts on computational fairness and ethics in AI.</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">20 February 2018 - <span style="color: #333333;"><em>With the proliferation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and major tech companies facing ethical dilemmas, NUS Computing <a href="http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~zick/"><span style="color: #333333;">Assistant Professor Yair Zick</span></a> shares his thoughts on computational fairness and ethics in AI.</em></span></p> The 10 Best Asian Universities For Studying Computer Engineering 2018-02-20T08:05:00+08:00 2018-02-20T08:05:00+08:00 /?id=2345:2018-academia-mag comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">The article lists National University of Singapore (NUS) as Singapore’s – and the world’s – leading university that topped the list of best universities in Asia for studying computer sciences. According to the latest Time Higher Education (THE) Asian University Ranking 2018, NUS was not only the best in Asia for attaining a computer engineering degree, it was also the 22nd best university in world overall thanks to its high quality of teaching, research, and international outlook. NUS’ quality education includes various programmes such as internships at NUS overseas colleges, student exchange programmes, double degrees and joint degree programmes with some of the best institutions on the planet.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The article lists National University of Singapore (NUS) as Singapore’s – and the world’s – leading university that topped the list of best universities in Asia for studying computer sciences. According to the latest Time Higher Education (THE) Asian University Ranking 2018, NUS was not only the best in Asia for attaining a computer engineering degree, it was also the 22nd best university in world overall thanks to its high quality of teaching, research, and international outlook. NUS’ quality education includes various programmes such as internships at NUS overseas colleges, student exchange programmes, double degrees and joint degree programmes with some of the best institutions on the planet.</p> Singapore start-up aims to bring healthcare to Papua New Guinea's needy, one drone at a time 2018-02-15T08:05:00+08:00 2018-02-15T08:05:00+08:00 /?id=2343:2018-yonah comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">Singapore start-up Yonah, made up of NUS alumni and students, are hoping to build a cargo drone system for hospitals to deliver measles vaccines. NUS Computing student Sriram Sami was enlisted in August 2016 and is now the avionics lead and part of the core team. He is developing and testing an autopilot software based on an open source Ardupilot project.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Singapore start-up Yonah, made up of NUS alumni and students, are hoping to build a cargo drone system for hospitals to deliver measles vaccines. NUS Computing student Sriram Sami was enlisted in August 2016 and is now the avionics lead and part of the core team. He is developing and testing an autopilot software based on an open source Ardupilot project.&nbsp;</p> Welcoming the Age of Facial Recognition 2018-02-07T08:05:00+08:00 2018-02-07T08:05:00+08:00 /?id=2337:2018-terence comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">Associate Professor Terence Sim began his research in facial recognition technology since 1998. He said that while facial recognition can be used in many fields, but it is used mainly for security purposes due to the ease of using cameras to carry out large scale screening. However, A/P Sim highlighted that the rate of error for facial recognition is higher than fingerprint and iris recognition. He cautions that the authories be careful before adopting the technology due to its high risk. A/P Sim recommends for the government to create a more comprehensive law to protect privacy to prevent identity theft. Technology companies need to ensure that their data is secure and materials are not easily stolen. A/P Sim also highlighted the necessity to distinguish between "proof of identity" and "proof of authorisation". One pitfall of the technology is that the technology is not transferrable and cannot be cancelled, unlike passwords and physical passes. NUS Computing is studying how to make facial recognition more secure and it is developing a dynamic face recognition system to improve accuracy. A trial on 39 pairs of twins proved successful, and A/P Sim said it is because everyone's expressions are different and not easily replicated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Associate Professor Terence Sim began his research in facial recognition technology since 1998. He said that while facial recognition can be used in many fields, but it is used mainly for security purposes due to the ease of using cameras to carry out large scale screening. However, A/P Sim highlighted that the rate of error for facial recognition is higher than fingerprint and iris recognition. He cautions that the authories be careful before adopting the technology due to its high risk. A/P Sim recommends for the government to create a more comprehensive law to protect privacy to prevent identity theft. Technology companies need to ensure that their data is secure and materials are not easily stolen. A/P Sim also highlighted the necessity to distinguish between "proof of identity" and "proof of authorisation". One pitfall of the technology is that the technology is not transferrable and cannot be cancelled, unlike passwords and physical passes. NUS Computing is studying how to make facial recognition more secure and it is developing a dynamic face recognition system to improve accuracy. A trial on 39 pairs of twins proved successful, and A/P Sim said it is because everyone's expressions are different and not easily replicated.</p> NUS Computing welcomes three new faculty members 2018-01-30T08:30:00+08:00 2018-01-30T08:30:00+08:00 /?id=2323:2018-newfacultymembers comwsyc <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>30 January 2018 - Three new faculty members have joined the Department of Computer Science in NUS Computing. They are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>30 January 2018 - Three new faculty members have joined the Department of Computer Science in NUS Computing. They are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bringing digital innovation to aviation 2018-01-30T08:05:00+08:00 2018-01-30T08:05:00+08:00 /?id=2329:2018-sia comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">NUS signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Singapore Airlines (SIA), where the first MOU will see three NUS faculties - Business, Computing and Engineering - and SIA working on joint longer term research projects focusing on business challenges for which solutions are not currently available.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">NUS signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Singapore Airlines (SIA), where the first MOU will see three NUS faculties - Business, Computing and Engineering - and SIA working on joint longer term research projects focusing on business challenges for which solutions are not currently available.&nbsp;</p> Robots to the rescue 2018-01-15T08:05:00+08:00 2018-01-15T08:05:00+08:00 /?id=2310:2018-robots comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">The inaugural Robots@NUS Competition 2017 saw 12 teams of NUS students developing innovative robotic aids for the elderly and the disabled, with the results announced on 8 January. An exhibition featuring the 12 projects was held at NUS University Town.&nbsp;Senior Lecturer from NUS Computer Science Dr Soo Yuen Jien chaired the event organising committee.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The inaugural Robots@NUS Competition 2017 saw 12 teams of NUS students developing innovative robotic aids for the elderly and the disabled, with the results announced on 8 January. An exhibition featuring the 12 projects was held at NUS University Town.&nbsp;Senior Lecturer from NUS Computer Science Dr Soo Yuen Jien chaired the event organising committee.</p> Silver Flexer wins inaugural Robots@NUS Competition 2018-01-12T10:00:00+08:00 2018-01-12T10:00:00+08:00 /?id=2309:2018-robots comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">12 January 2018 – NUS students Chua Song Yu, Heng Meng Pei and Clement Tan, makers of Silver Flexer, emerged champions in the first <a href="http://blog.nus.edu.sg/nusroboticmakercomp17/">Robots@NUS Competition</a>, held on 8 January this year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">12 January 2018 – NUS students Chua Song Yu, Heng Meng Pei and Clement Tan, makers of Silver Flexer, emerged champions in the first <a href="http://blog.nus.edu.sg/nusroboticmakercomp17/">Robots@NUS Competition</a>, held on 8 January this year.</p> Why the Raspberry Pi's immune to the Meltdown and Spectre bugs 2018-01-08T08:05:00+08:00 2018-01-08T08:05:00+08:00 /?id=2304:2017-yeokhengmeng comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">As an experiment, engineer and NUS School of Computing graduate Yeo Kheng Meng managed to get a modern Linux distribution running on a 25-year-old IBM PC from 1993 - an x86 machine that isn't vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre CPU flaws, due to the fact that it doesn't support out-of-order processing.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As an experiment, engineer and NUS School of Computing graduate Yeo Kheng Meng managed to get a modern Linux distribution running on a 25-year-old IBM PC from 1993 - an x86 machine that isn't vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre CPU flaws, due to the fact that it doesn't support out-of-order processing.</p> Strong Performance from NUS Computing in 2017 ACM-ICPC Regional Contests 2018-01-03T10:00:00+08:00 2018-01-03T10:00:00+08:00 /?id=2303:2017-icpc comwsyc <p style="text-align: justify;">3 January 2018 – NUS teams excelled at four <a href="https://icpc.baylor.edu/">ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest</a> (ICPC) regional contests held last month, from 8 to 22 December.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">3 January 2018 – NUS teams excelled at four <a href="https://icpc.baylor.edu/">ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest</a> (ICPC) regional contests held last month, from 8 to 22 December.</p>